Bum in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bum only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bum People live in the mountains in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The Bum trace their history back to the Tikar people. They consistently describe themselves as a people who live in peace, are hardworking, loving of themselves and strangers, and a people without hunger. The Bum people are unified and have no history of tribal or inter-tribal wars or conflicts. They are proud to be Bum and proud of their language. Clans are governed by "Fons" (Chiefs) under a Fon of all Bum. A major natural disaster struck the Bum people in August 1986 when an explosion of natural gas from a lake located in the mountains killed many people and livestock.

The Bum homeland is said to be the first place among the Grassfields Region where a man called Mamadou planted an evangelical church in 1880. Despite this long history of Christian Witness, the Bible has never been translated into the Bum language.

Bum Proverb: Only an orphan understands the trouble of an orphan. The proverb means that if one person has experienced a particular difficulty, then he can understand the person who is currently experiencing that same kind of difficulty.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bum
People Name in Country Bum
Population in Cameroon 34,000
World Population 34,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General Bum
Ethnic Code NAB57a
People ID 11009
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North West Province, Boyo Division, Bum Subdivision, mainly Fonfuka village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bum (34,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bum 34,000
For Primary Language: Bum

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
74.00 %
Ethnic Religions
26.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
62.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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